Rugby Union: Blackett pens new Titans deal

Rotherham Titans head coach Lee Blackett
Rotherham Titans head coach Lee Blackett
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Head coach Lee Blackett has today penned a new two-year deal with Rotherham Titans.

The 31-year-old, the youngest Head Coach in the Greene King IPA Championship, is set to remain at Clifton Lane until at least the summer of 2016.

Titans chairman Nick Cragg said: “We are delighted that Lee Blackett has committed his future to the club. Lee has made a very promising start to his career as head coach of Titans.

“We realise Lee is ambitious and in time we know he’d like to coach at the highest level possible; hopefully the next level can happen here at Rotherham Titans within the next two years.”

Blackett, who made 74 appearances for the Titans during his playing days, scoring thirteen tries, one conversion and one drop goal, said: “Rotherham is my club; it always has been and it always will be. It’s where I started my playing career and it’s where I’ve started my coaching career and I’m absolutely delighted to be staying. We’ve done well so far in terms of results this season, but at this stage it’s just half a job.

“There was a little bit of interest from the outside, but for me at this moment in time Clifton Lane is the only place I want to be. I would feel ridiculously bad and I couldn’t live with myself if I left the club at this point. The Directors have put so much faith in me and they are the ones that have given me this fantastic opportunity and I just couldn’t leave this club.

“It comes down not to money, but the fact that this is my club and I have a lot of loyalty towards it. I owe the Directors a lot for this opportunity and I want to do my best to try and pay them back for what they have given me.

“Over the next couple of weeks we are aiming to secure a number of the present playing squad for next season. We want stability and continuity within the group as we aim to continue the good work that’s already going on here.”